Published: 00:05, 23 May 2015
The new owners of the Clarendon Hotel in Deal have revealed it will be an assortment of enterprises including a Burger Bros diner, an Indian restaurant as well as a bar, cafe and hotel.
Bought by the Keystone Group for nearly £750,000, the historic building has already started its £250,000 refurbishment which includes a new roof.
Chief executive Robin Norris said: “It’s going to be quite different to the way it was and it’s going to be completely different to the other hotels in Deal.”
The Beach Street hotel closed in July last year and was put on the market in August.
The Keystone Group, which also owns No5 Bar and Kitchen in South Street, Deal, withdrew its first bid, with the feeling it needed too much work. It was then asked to submit another, which was successful. Contracts were exchanged in January and the sale completed on April 7.
The company indicated the building was too big for one operator, which prompted it to lease parts of it out.
If current plans go ahead, the ground floor will be split into four sections. Two will be occupied by the Keystone Group; one unit will be a small bar area where guests will collect their keys. Adjacent to it will be a cafe.
Diner-style restaurant Burger Bros, previously of the Deal Hoy in Duke Street, will be situated on the ground floor as well as the first floor, which will be a restaurant catering for 40 covers. Owner Karl Wozny has pledged to spend about £40,000 to develop both parts.
At the back of the ground floor will be an Indian restaurant.
The rest of the building will be rooms but they are getting a facelift. In time, the Keystone Group is looking to develop all 17 of them with a nautical theme.
The company is also looking into having a pool car for guests, creating a walking audio tour of Deal as well as offering bike hire and a noticeboard for tourists.
It is thought the hotel will open in three stages.
The Keystone Group intends to open some of the rooms in about six weeks. The company has its own building team but has employed local scaffold services and decorators.
It is hoped the entire building will be fully functioning by March 2016.